Gary Noy,  Author and Lecturer



Schemes and Splendor in

Nineteenth-Century Lake Tahoe

Edited by Gary Noy


Published by the University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books, 2024

Release Date: July 2024

Noted California historian Gary Noy has created a dynamic anthology of writings created by the American West’s preeminent nineteenth century authors devoted to “The Lake of Sky” (Lake Tahoe) highlighting its colorful history, featuring its storied past and environmental struggles -- Gary F. Kurutz, Principal Librarian emeritus for Special Collections and the California History Section at the California State Library, Sacramento.

A treasure trove of entertaining, irresistible information framed by wise and witty introductions, Gem of the Sierra is required reading for anyone interested in America’s largest mountain lake -- Scott Lankford, author of Tahoe Beneath the Surface: The Hidden Stories of America’s Largest Mountain Lake

 Gem of the Sierra is a fascinating anthology of articles and excerpts pertaining to Lake Tahoe in the latter half of the nineteenth century. This collection, accompanied by Gary Noy’s insightful commentary, will delight anyone interested in Tahoe’s early history -- Peter B. Mires, author of Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture

 Gem of the Sierra seamlessly reveals the arc of Tahoe Basin cultural and environmental history, from pre-contact to the dawn of the 20th century. It’s a fascinating journey fraught with peril, but rich with promise -- Mark McLaughlin, author of Snowbound: Legendary Winters of the Tahoe Sierra.